Miscellaneous Burke County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Moses Reese 

MORGANTON - Moses Garyet Reese, 83, of Conley Road, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2001 at his residence following a period of declining health. 

Born in Madison County on March 26, 1918, he was a son of the late Rev. Cecil Reese and Esther Dockery Reese. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Winslow, Otto, Plato, the Rev. Elzaba Levi, Aaron and Cornelius Reese; sisters, Lula Wildes and Ollie Coates; and son-in-law, James W. Carswell. Mr. Reese was a former employee of Great Lakes Carbon Corp. and for more than 20 years he owned and operated Reese's Store beside his home on Conley Road. He farmed for 50 years growing mainly burley tobacco and for many years was the only burley grower in Burke County. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church where he was a former deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and the Jr. Boys Sunday School class teacher. 

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Pearl Dockery Reese, of the home; sons, Ricky Reese and the Rev. Rocky Reese and his wife, Sue, all of Morganton; daughters, Patsy Campbell and her husband, Bob, and Lynda Carswell, all of Morganton; brothers, the Rev. Joseph Reese of Marshall, Enoch Reese of Etowah and Oakley Reese of Asheville; sisters, Minnie Buckner and Leila Michaels, both of Morganton; grandchildren, Karen Wright, Terri Miller, Myron Campbell, Todd Carswell, the Rev. John Carswell, Julie Clark, Jill Suttles, Tashia Cannon, Joshua Reese and Angel Smith and 16 great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Steve Sells, and the Revs. Rocky Reese and John Carswell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral. At other times, the family will be at the home of Lynda Carswell, 5204 Reese Store Ave., Morganton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1159, Morganton, N.C. 28680, Faith Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, 1310 Jamestown Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655 or to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690. 

Katie Sue Kanipe 

MORGANTON - Katie Sue Moore Kanipe, 62, of 1258 Avery Road, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at Valdese General Hospital after an extended illness. 

Born Jan. 11, 1939, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late James Davis Sr. and Margaret Moore Ervin. She was a retired domestic worker. She was a member of Willow Tree AME Church where she was secretary and member of the Stewardess Board for 42 years, kitchen committee, former Sunday School teacher, former Usher Board member, a member of the Sarah J. Avery Missionary Society. She also was a member of the Oak Hill Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Hershelle Ervin. 

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Fred Junior Kanipe of the home; sons, Frederick A. Kanipe and his wife, Merrell and Murphy G. Kanipe and his wife, Corona, all of Morganton; daughter, Stephanie A. McElrath and her husband, Freddie of Morganton; a brother, Jason W. Ervin of Morganton, sisters, Henrietta E. Howell of Morganton and Katherine Wallace and her husband, Roy of Cleveland, Ohio; an aunt, Ruby Kanipe of Morganton; grandchildren, Darren F. Kanipe, Natalie N. Kanipe, Adrienne L. Kanipe, Tiffany L. McElrath, Brittany S. McElrath, Rachel E. Caldwell, Margaret A. Kanipe, Steven G. Kanipe, all of Morganton, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. today at Willow Tree AME Church with the Revs. Jaz Hemby, Frank Saunders, Joyce Avery, Dennis Mims, Julious Hunter and W.F. McIntosh Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:55 p.m. today at the church. 

Memorials may be made to Willow Tree AME Church Building Fund, 2500 Willow Tree Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655. 

Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton is assisting the Kanipe family. 

Thelmer Foley 

NEWTON - Thelmer Howard Foley, 80, died early Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, in Catawba Memorial Hospital, after a period of declining health due to cancer. 

He was a member of King's Way Baptist Church in Newton. Mr. Foley was born May 16, 1921, in Stuart, Va. to Charlie C. Foley and Lonie Pilson Foley. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jean Foley; a sister, Pauline Hazellwood and three brothers; Ray Foley, Paul Foley, and Marshall Foley. 

Survivors are: daughters, Lavern Hatcher of Bassett, Va., Arlene Spencer of Collinsville, Va., and Jennifer Stermer of Martinsville, Va.; four sons, Stanley Foley of Martinsville, Va., Vance T. Foley of Newton, Timothy L. Foley of Goldsboro and Jeffrey A. Foley of Nevarre, Fla.; two sisters, Mildred Evans of Ridgeway, Va., and Hazel Hall of Bassett, Va.; and one brother, Eugene Foley of Stuart, Va. 

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Catawba Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Catawba Memorial Park with the Revs. Andy Stephens and Donald Anderson officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Catawba Funeral Home of Hickory. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-227-2345. 

Charles Miller 

Charles 'Charlie' Miller 

MORGANTON - Charles "Charlie" Russell Miller, 76, of Raintree Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, following a brief illness. 

Born April 20, 1925, in Mississippi, he was a son of the late Cecil H. and Talma Russell Miller. He was a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in education and did his post-graduate studies at Appalachian State University. He taught school at Salem School where he also worked as a coach and principal. He later worked as the business manager at the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain. He served as a member of the national staff of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was the builder and director of the National Conference Center of F.C.A. in Marshall, Ind. After his retirement from the F.C.A., he served as an interim pastor at various Baptist churches in Burke County. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gene H. Miller. 

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Orders Miller of the home; a daughter, Beth Miller Kinion of Baltimore, Md.; and a grandson, Zachary Kinion. 

The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell Baptist Church with the Revs. Homer Murdock and Billy Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 9 p.m. Friday at Sossoman Funeral Home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell Baptist Church Building Fund, 1112 Hopewell Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655, or to the Leukemia Foundation, 5624 Executive Center, Suite 100, Charlotte, N.C. 28212. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

R. K. Lindquist M.D. 

MORGANTON - Dr. Richard Kurt Lindquist, 69, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001. 

He was born March 31, 1932, in Albany, N.Y. A graduate of Duke University and the Duke University School of Medicine, he practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Morganton for 35 years. 

Survivors include his mother, Mildred Hazlett of Sarasota, Fla.; his wife, Nancy; son, Kurt and wife, Sherry of Charlotte; daughter, Sally of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Pookie, and son, Todd, both of Park City, Utah; grandsons, Rick, Gray and Axel and granddaughter, Campbell; and sister, Shirley Veenstra of Whittier, NC. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Mountain Children's Home, 7330 Myrtle Drive, Nebo, NC 28761 or Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fla. 34238. 

Della Coffey Clarke 

MORGANTON - Della Coffey Clarke, 84, of Hartland Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at Camelot Manor Nursing Care. 

Born Sept. 29, 1917, in Burke County, she was a daughter to the late Henry and Virginia "Jenny" Branch Coffey. She was a homemaker and a member of Conway's Chapel Baptist Church. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Clarke; a son, Mason David Clarke; three brothers, Lawrence, Les and Carl Coffey; two sisters, Vera Powell and Ellie Clarke; and a grandson, Ricky Greene. 

Surviving are three sons, James Clarke, Max Clarke and Johnny Clarke, all of Morganton; two daughters, Barbara Greene of Morganton and Bonnie Coleman of Cleveland, Tenn.; a brother, John Coffey of Morganton; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rodney Raby officiating. Interment will follow in Conway's Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Serving as pallbearers will be Johnathan Clarke, Matthew Clarke, Chris Richardson, Tom Martin, Rodney Clarke and Ronnie Suttles. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home in Lenoir is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Bobby Lee 'Bob' Greene 

VALDESE - Bobby Lee "Bob" Greene, 67, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at the V.A. Medical Center in Asheville after a brief illness. 

Bob was born Dec. 11, 1933, in Union County, to the late Lonnie Wilson and Frankie Jane Hinson Greene. He was a graduate of East Carolina University and was retired as the recreation director for the Town of Valdese. Bob's major contributions to the community include the Steve Rostan Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund, the Arbor of Honor, McGalliard Falls Park, Reconstruction of Meytre Mill, Memorable Valdese Sports Figures of the Century, Valdese Mayors of the Century Field of Flowers, and Past President of the Valdese Rotary Club. He served his county in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was Post Commander of American Legion Post 234, Valdese. 

The membership of Post 234 proudly honored him as their leader, friend, and major contributor to the quality of life for this community by naming the American Legion Ball Field, the "Bob Greene Legion Field." 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James W. Greene. 

Surviving are four brothers, Wriston Greene and his wife, Bessie, L.W. Greene and his wife, Peggy, Charles Greene and his wife, Doris, and Nat Greene and his wife, Dot, all of Monroe; five sisters, Olive Harkey, Blondell Lane and her husband, Cam, Edith Simpson and her husband, Heath, Jessie Goodman, all of Monroe, and Myrtle Hartwell of Seminole, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Post 234, Church Street, Valdese, with members of the American Legion officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the Steve Rostan Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund or Arbor of Honor, c/o American Legion Post 234, P.O. Box 987, Valdese, N.C. 28690. 

Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese, is assisting the Greene family.

Raye Anderson 

GLEN ALPINE - Raye Causby Anderson, 89, of Main Street, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2001, at Burke Long Term Care following an extended illness. 

Born Sept. 1, 1912, in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late John S. and Mary Ada Causby. She was a member of the Calvin Heights Baptist Church and an avid gardener. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Anderson, and a brother, Raymond Causby. 

Surviving are a sister, Edward Bradshaw; a niece, Linda Brittian and husband, Carl; and a number of cousins. 

The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Glen Alpine Cemetery with the Rev. Frank Gordan officiating. 

The family will receive friends today at the home of Mrs. Bradshaw, 115 Main St., Glen Alpine. 

Memorials may be made to the Glen Alpine United Methodist Church, 410 Linville St., Glen Alpine, N.C., 28655. 

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Kenneth Lavoid Givens 

GIBSONVILLE - Kenneth Lavoid Givens, 73, of North N.C. 61, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, near his residence as a result of an auto accident. 

Born Aug. 24, 1938, in Lauderdale County, Ala., he was a son of the late Herbert and Callie Jones Givens. He was a member of Apples Chapel Christian Church in Gibsonville, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dick Givens. 

Mr. Givens is survived by his wife, Cheryl, of Greensboro; brothers, Eugene Givens and Bobby Givens, both of Florence, Ala.; sisters, Thalia Robertson and Shirley Norred, both of Florence, and Vandalia "Dolly" Hendrix and Betty Morgan, both of Tennessee; grandchildren, Kenneth P. Givens of Greensboro, and Christopher C. Givens of Hilton Head, S.C., and a great-grandson, David Edge, of Hilton Head. 

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. today at Jonas Ridge Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Carswell officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the cemetery. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Marie Laughter 

HICKORY - Marie Ward Laughter, 72, of 36th Ave., died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, at her residence after a period of declining health. 

Born Dec. 12, 1928, in Gastonia, N.C., she was the daughter of the late William B. Ward Sr. and Hazel Dawn Ward. She was a member of Viewmont Baptist Church and served as the church organist for West Hickory Baptist Church for 15 years. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Harvey R. Laughter. 

Surviving are a son, Michael Laughter and wife, Susan, of Hickory; daughters, Myra Laughter of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Diane Jones and husband, Bill, of Asheboro, N.C., and Amelia Capalbo and husband, Kevin, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Blackwelder of Salem, Ohio, and Mrs. Sandra Mauney of Columbus, Ohio; an aunt, Mrs. Norine Rose of Danville, Va.; and eight grandchildren. 

The graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Catawba Memorial Park Mausoleum followed by a memorial worship service at 7 p.m. at West Hickory Baptist Church. 

The family will receive friends following the worship service today at West Hickory Baptist Church. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C., 28658; or West Hickory Baptist Church Building Fund, 40 12th St. NW, Hickory, N.C., 28601; or Viewmont Baptist Church Congregational Nursing Program, 1246 2nd St. NE, Hickory, N.C., 28601. 

Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese is assisting the Laughter family.

Bertha H. Causby 

MORGANTON - Bertha Hicks Causby, 91, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, at Britthaven of Morganton following a lengthy illness. 

Born Aug. 7, 1910, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late James Edney Hicks and Minnie Deal Hicks. She was a retired employee of Drexel-Heritage Furnishings and was a member of Missionary Ride Baptist Church and a former member of Asheville Street Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and faithful church member. Cooking and being with family and friends were the joys in her life. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Nadine Harbison; a sister, Essie Ingle; and brothers, Garland and Wilson Hicks. 

Surviving are sons and their wives, Royce and Maria Causby of Virginia Beach, Va., Charles and Lynn Causby and Jim and Janis Causby, all of Morganton; a daughter and her husband, Patricia and Jerry Warlick of Morganton; a brother, James Hicks of Apple Valley, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Missionary Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lovelace officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral hour. At other times, the family will be at the home of Patricia and Jerry Warlick, 2770 Clark Loop, Morganton. 

Memorial gifts may be made to Missionary Ridge Baptist Church, 5612 John Watts Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655. 

Nita McFalls 

MORGANTON - Juanita Elizabeth "Nita" McFalls, 77, of Fish Hatchery Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. 

Born Feb. 9, 1924, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Edward Earl McFalls and Nettie Cuthbertson McFalls. She was a retired employee of Premier Hosiery. She was also a dedicated member of Zion Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Nina Lingerfelt and Peggy Galloway; a brother, John McFalls; and a nephew, Steve McFalls. 

Surviving are a brother, Leroy McFalls and wife, Nancy, of Morganton; a sister-in-law, Lib McFalls of Morganton; former brothers-in-law, Chris Lingerfelt of Thomasville, and Bill Galloway of Morganton; nephews, Mark McFalls and wife, Tammy, Jeff Lingerfelt and wife, Angie, and Scott Galloway; a niece, Jonie McGurk and husband, Timothy; two grandnephews and three grandnieces. 

The funeral will be held 4 p.m. Friday at Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Ralph May, Jimmy Lambert and Lee Shuffler officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 2:30 until 4 p.m. at the church. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Leroy and Nancy McFalls, 110 Holly Place, Morganton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Baptist Church, 3394 Pea Ridge Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 803, Morganton, N.C. 28680-0803. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Helen B. Waldrop 

MORGANTON - Helen Breedlove Waldrop, 75, of Lenoir Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, at Hospice of Burke County Shytle House following a lengthy illness. 

Born Jan. 3, 1926, in Canton, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Sara Cabe Breedlove. She operated a beauty shop in her home and for many years she and her husband, the late Edwin H. "Red" Waldrop Sr., provided foster care for 26 children through Professional Parenting. She was a member of Mount Home Baptist Church. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Whisnant; and brothers, Odell and Billy Breedlove. 

Surviving are a son, Eddie Waldrop Jr. and wife, Darrell Ann, of Atlanta, Ga.; daughters, Faye W. Powell and husband, Ronald, and Vicky W. Adkins and husband, Larry, all of Morganton; a brother, Don Breedlove of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Dorothy Burnette of Bryson City, and Darlene Corbin of Franklin; grandchildren, Tracy Eller, Kelly Randall, Angel Digh, Ryan Freeman, and Brent Blair; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. 

The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Friday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral hour. At other times, the family will be at Mrs. Waldrop's residence, 520 Lenoir St., Morganton. 

Memorial gifts may be made to Mount Home Baptist Church, 2272 Mt. Home Church Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655 or to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690. 


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